What Should Matter To Ewe?

“And I said to you, ‘You have come to the mountains of the Amorites, which יהוה our Elohim is giving us. ‘See, יהוה your Elohim has set the land before you. Go up and possess it, as יהוה Elohim of your fathers has spoken to you. Do not fear, nor be discouraged.’ And all of you came near to me and said, ‘Let us send men before us, and let them search out the land for us, and bring back word to us of the way by which we should go up, and of the cities into which we would come.’ And the matter was good in my eyes, so I took twelve of your men, one man from each tribe. And they turned and went up into the mountains, and came to the wadi Eshkol, and spied it out. And they took some of the fruit of the land in their hands and brought it down to us. And they brought back word to us, saying, ‘The land which יהוה our Elohim is giving us is good.’ But you would not go up and rebelled against the mouth of יהוה your Elohim, and grumbled in your tents, and said, ‘Because יהוה was hating us, He has brought us out of the land of Mitsrayim to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. ‘Where are we going to? Our brothers have made our hearts melt, saying, “The people are greater and taller than we, the cities are great and walled up to the heavens, and we saw the sons of the Anaqim there too.” ’ Then I said to you, ‘Have no dread or fear of them. ‘יהוה your Elohim, who is going before you, He does fight for you, according to all He did for you in Mitsrayim before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you saw how יהוה your Elohim has borne you, as a man bears his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ Yet in this matter you are putting no trust in יהוה your Elohim, who is going before you in the way to seek out a place for you to pitch your tents, to show you the way you should go, in fire by night and in a cloud by day. And יהוה heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and took an oath, saying, ‘Not one of these men of this evil generation shall see that good land of which I swore to give to your fathers, except Kalĕḇ son of Yephunneh. He shall see it, and to him and his children I give the land on which he walked, because he followed יהוה completely.’ And יהוה was enraged with me for your sakes, saying, ‘You do not go in there, either. ‘Yehoshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall go in there. Strengthen him, for he shall cause Yisra’ĕl to inherit. And your little ones and your children, who you say are for a prey, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they are going in there. And to them I give it, and they are to possess it. But you, turn and take your journey into the wilderness by the Way of the Sea of Reeds.’ “Then you answered and said to me, ‘We have sinned against יהוה. We ourselves are going up, and we shall fight, as יהוה our Elohim commanded us.’ And when each one of you had girded on his battle gear, you were ready to go up into the mountain.” And יהוה said to me, ‘Say to them, “Do not go up nor fight, for I am not in your midst, lest you be smitten before your enemies.” ’ So I spoke to you, but you would not listen and rebelled against the mouth of יהוה, and acted proudly, and went up into the mountain. Then the Amorites who dwelt in that mountain came out against you and chased you as bees do, and drove you back from Sĕ‛ir to Ḥormah. And you returned and wept before יהוה, but יהוה would not listen to your voice nor give ear to you.” D’varim/Deuteronomy 1:20-45 (ISR98)

In the above section from D’varim, Moshe is pointing back to the incident recorded in B’midbar/Numbers chapter 13 where the scouts were sent into the promised land to bring back a report about its fertility, the people, and their cities. The problem arises when those reports point out the descendants of Anaq are dwelling in the land and they are huge beings which causes doubt and fear in the hearts and minds of the people and they choose not to go in to the land. As Moshe is relating those past events to the children of those same men who would not enter the land, he is warning them not to fall into the same mistrust their fathers had. A point not frequently mentioned concerns our kinsman the Edomites, Moabites, and Ammonites, where they have received their possession of land due to their trusting Yah in defeating the giants in their territories. Yah informs us that we have no right to take away the lands he has given others. There is a complete difference between governing someone in their own territory as opposed to taking away their rights to what has been given to them.

It should matter that Yah’s promises are kept regardless of who is the recipient of that promise. If we expect him to honor the 12 tribes inheritance, then we should not desire for him to break his word to others either. Likewise if we try to lay claim to any place other than what has been given to Avraham and his offspring through Yitz’chak/Isaac, then we too are guilty of trying to steal something from Yah. There will still be other people on the earth, along with the sons of Isra’el, who are dwelling outside the gates of the new Yerushalayim. This is in accordance with the message given by all the Prophets, including those of Yochanan in Chazon/Revelation. How many false teachings have been foisted on humanity pertaining to the twisting of context and meaning in the Scriptures? If we truly read and study the words written in the Bible the message is one of authority and hope for people. Our Creator has given us minds so that we can discern intent of a given topic or thought line being presented to us. If we neglect to use our intellect then no one else is at fault, especially the guy of our of that information.

And Yahweh God took the man and set him in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and to keep it. And Yahweh God commanded the man, saying, “From every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.” B’resheit/Genesis 2:15-17 (LEB) The instruction given to the Adam/human being is very clear yet the next recorded action by the caretakers completely violates the authority given to them by the Father. And the serpent was cunning above every beast of the field which YAHWEH Elohim had made. And he said to the woman, Is it so that Elohim has said, You shall not eat from any tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, of the fruit of the trees of the garden, We may eat, but of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, Elohim has said, You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die. And the serpent said to the woman, surely, you shall not die, for Elohim knows that in the day you eat of it, even your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as Elohim, knowing good and evil. And the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and the tree was desirable to make one wise. And she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. B’resheit 3:1-6 (HRB) How simple it would have been to comply with the rules established by the Maker but we decided we wanted to have it our way instead. What has it benefited us to be democratic in our thoughts when His way is that of a monarchy? Let us examine the consequences of this choice; And to Adam He said, Because you have listened and given heed to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it, the ground is under a curse because of you; in sorrow and toil shall you eat [of the fruits] of it all the days of your life. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field. In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you shall return. B’resheit 3:17-19 (AMP) Yah reminds us that the lie we swallowed is the belief that we are an immortal soul, however we are only dust which He breathes life into. Once again I remind everyone, to be considered alive, Torah declares we must have blood and draw breath or we are dead.

“Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: If anyone sins unintentionally in any of Adonai’s mitzvot that are not to be done, and commits any one of them — or if the anointed kohen sins so as to bring guilt on the people—then let him offer for his sin which he has committed, a young bull without blemish to Adonai for a sin offering.” “Now if the whole congregation of Israel sins, but the deed is hidden from the eyes of the community, yet they have done one of Adonai’s mitzvot that are not to be done, then they are guilty. When the sin that they committed becomes known, then the community is to offer a young bull for a sin offering, and bring it before the Tent of Meeting.” “When a ruler sins and unwittingly does one of the mitzvot of Adonai his God that are not to be done, then he is guilty. When his sin that he committed is made known to him, he is to bring as his offering a goat, a male without blemish.” “When anyone of the common people sins unwittingly by doing one of Adonai’s mitzvot that are not to be done, then he is guilty. When his sin that he committed is made known to him, then he is to bring for his offering a goat, a female without blemish, for his sin that he committed.” “Now if he brings a lamb as his sacrifice for a sin offering, he is to bring a female without blemish.” Vayikra/Leviticus 4:2-3; 13-14; 22-23; 27-28; 32 (TLV) These verses are only a small fragment example of the sacrifices brought by and for the whole house of Israel. They are not to be a system which would allow us to just kill an animal solely to cover our sins and then continue on living however we want with no change in us.

Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sedom! Listen to the law of our God, you people of `Amorah! “What are the multitude of your sacrifices to me?,” says the LORD. “I have had enough of the burnt offerings of rams, And the fat of fed animals. I don’t delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs, Or of male goats. When you come to appear before me, Who has required this at your hand, to trample my courts? Yesha’yahu/Isaiah 1:10-12 (HNV) Here the Prophet is pointing out the irritation of Yah concerning Y’hudah and the endless sacrifices they have offered but they do so without proper regard for the system that the Father has instituted. Many today use this same approach with what Y’shua did when he laid down his life for the restoration process to begin, so that our sins could be atoned for. If we continue to indulge ourselves in sin we are doing exactly what Yeshayahu is accusing those in Yerushalayim of perpetrating. Eating a ham sandwich and praying for forgiveness means nothing if we are going to continue to eat ham sandwiches, as this involves no shuv/repentance/turning around. Repentance is not a prayer but a change of action on our part. I cannot stop sinning if I do not know what sin is. Therefore how can someone ask Yah to forgive them for something they are ignorant of? Concerning this same matter, how can I expect someone to obey something if they do not know it is expected of them?

The Hebrew Scriptures are primarily written as instructions for the children of Isra’el so that we might become better citizens of the Kingdom of Yah. The B’rit Chadashah/New Covenant is only with those who have entered into the agreement with the Creator to be his representative among the peoples of the earth. When Y’shua was ministering in the first century, his audience were Isra’elites and those who wanted to join them in spreading the Good News of the promises of the Kingdom. This does not mean that everyone wants to be in that multitude, or has to be. Too many have been taught that a prayer makes us part of this pact, this is totally a false representation of the King’s will. As Y’shua said we are to be lights to the world and that a city on a hill cannot be hidden. What this means is that people see how we live by discerning our behavior among our fellow human beings. As previously I pointed out, there is no dual citizenship allowed in His government; so do not think that we can serve two masters/governments. Those who are not part of the Covenant, but wish to be, have to learn the rules of the King; which is the Torah. If we claim the rights and benefits of this Covenant, then we better know something is expected from us. When someone chooses to become part of the olive tree/Isra’el, then this is what is administered in the eating of the bread and the drinking of the cup. Unfortunately many have never been taught that when you agree to join Isra’el, in the contract with Yah, we are accepting the blessings and the curses. The package is not separated into one or the other but whichever we are entitled to according to our lives. Consequences of our previous actions may be softened but will not be eliminated, because we do have to reap what we sow.

Another matter that frequently arises is expecting everyone to be progressing at the same pace and this is not fair to those who are just learning truth. It is also true that some remain entrenched in the same place they began their journey and have learned nothing new. We are to weigh every matter by the guidelines of Torah, and even in this area none of us have all of our ducks lined up in a row. This is the same problem Ya’akov, the brother of Y’shua, addresses in his letter to the saints. Our brother Sha’ul also dealt with these topics by trying to point out that some aspects of Torah are more critical than others, but this does not make the lesser insignificant. An example of this thought line would be someone unknowingly consuming an unclean meat as opposed to an individual willfully committing murder. The Shabat is a weightier matter than most as it falls under the death penalty but stealing does not, yet both are sins/crimes against the Kingdom. We each are expected to grow in our knowledge of the Father’s will as our understanding increases over time.

Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. Mattityahu/Matthew 5:18 (CJB) Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar–the LORD of hosts is his name: “If this fixed order departs from before me, says the LORD, then shall the descendants of Israel cease from being a nation before me for ever.” Thus says the LORD: “If the heavens above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all the descendants of Israel for all that they have done, says the LORD.” Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 31:35-37 (RSV) And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. B’resheit 1:35 (ESV) Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Yesha’yahu 5:20 (NIV)

It has long troubled me that so many believe that Yah is going to destroy the heavens and the earth as that would destroy humanity also. This perverted perspective is fed by the abomination/idolatry derived from the false belief that we are immortal souls. Beside the fact that we are not immortal where would we go if he destroyed everything else as we are made of dust and do not have life except from His breath. Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” B’resheit 6:5-7 (NKJV) And Noe built an altar unto the Lord: and taking of all cattle and fowls that were clean, offered holocausts upon the altar. And the Lord smelled a sweet savour, and said: I will no more curse the earth for the sake of man: for the imagination and thought of man’s heart are prone to evil from his youth: therefore I will no more destroy every living soul as I have done. All the days of the earth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, night and day, shall not cease. B’resheit 8:20-22 (DRA) Notice in the judgment on mankind the heavens and the earth are used as the instruments of justice and it is humanity being judged. Elohim’s mercy is in sparing eight individuals in order to restart the process He desired. “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Yochanan/John 3:16-17 (HCSB) Ironically most who claim to follow the Master do not believe him even though they claim they do. I know they do not believe in him because they do not accept Y’shua’s own statement that he only does his Father’s will and speaks only the words of his Father.

“If you love me, keep my commandments.” Yochanan 14:15 (ISV) Since Y’shua only speaks the words from his Father then they must have the same commandments. Likewise our brother Sha’ul encourages us to imitate him as he imitates Mashiach which implies he cannot be speaking against Moshe and the Torah. How long will the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel continue to reject the Way of Yah? One of our own Prophets Hoshea warned us that we considered the Torah a strange thing because we did not know it anymore. Therefore in our time we must go back to the way our fathers knew, and those fathers are Avraham, Yitz’chak, and Ya’akov. Remember the Prophet Eliyahu/Elijah was a citizen of the Northern Kingdom and that is who he was sent to speak to, not to the House of Y’hudah. Return to me and I will return to you are the words Elohim is speaking to us today. Will we acknowledge His call and humble ourselves?

Who believes Y’shua’s report? And I saw a messenger coming down from the heaven, having the key to the pit of the deep and a great chain in his hand. And he seized the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and he threw him into the pit of the deep, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should lead the nations no more astray until the thousand years were ended. And after that he has to be released for a little while. And I saw thrones – and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them – and the lives of those who had been beheaded because of the witness they bore to יהושע and because of the Word of Elohim, and who did not worship the beast, nor his image, and did not receive his mark upon their foreheads or upon their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years (and the rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended) – this is the first resurrection. Blessed and set-apart is the one having part in the first resurrection. The second death possesses no authority over these, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. And when the thousand years have ended, Satan shall be released from his prison, and he shall go out to lead the nations astray which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog̅ and Mag̅og̅, to gather them together for battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. And they came up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the set-apart ones and the beloved city. And fire came down from Elohim out of the heaven and consumed them. And the devil, who led them astray, was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur where the beast and the false prophet are. And they shall be tortured day and night forever and ever. And I saw a great white throne and Him who was sitting on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before the throne, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged from what was written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and the grave gave up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. And the death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And if anyone was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Chazon 20:1-15 (ISR98) Who among us realizes this chapter is a condensed accounting of Yechezk’el/Ezekiel chapters 37 through 39? Far too many are expecting the battle mentioned here to occur at any time but that would place it in the timeframe contrary to what the Teacher said. Do we trust the one we claim to be the promised one or not?

Shalom Aleichem!

With the help of the Ruach HaKodesh, written by Rabbi Danny Palmer

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